Category Archives: Menopause

Recommend for postmenopausal bone loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What treatment do you recommend for the bone loss that occurs with postmenopausal osteoporosis? A: Numerous good studies indicate that calcium supplements can help prevent and slow osteoporosis. Calcium supplementation at the recommended doses appears to be able to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women in every bone site except the…

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Natural treatment for hot flashes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a natural way to help my hot flashes? A: Hot flashes, especially those associated with menopause, respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations. I suggest that you consult a licensed practitioner to determine the proper course of treatment; you can locate a practitioner at www.acupuncture.com In the mean…

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Menopause and Nutrition

Q: Dear Dr. Mao. I am approaching menopause and I have noticed changes in my body. I have added a few pounds and my menstruation is becoming irregular. I am dieting and began an exercise program, but I would like your opinion on any special approaches to general wellness related to aging and menopause. A:…

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Minimizing menopause symptoms naturally without HRT?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am having problems with menopause and experiencing symptoms of low hormone levels, including high thyroid and hair loss. I am considering bioidentical HRT, but would rather address my condition naturally. Would herbs help with this? A: Yes, there are several herbal preparations in the Chinese medicine modalities that can be…

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How to healthfully get off Premarin during Menopause?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I stopped taking Premarin a few months back after being on it for 20 years. Now my hot flashes and night sweats are unbearable. Will acupuncture help? A: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies are quite helpful for these symptoms that you describe. This is what we consider in traditional Chinese medicine…

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Safe alternative to HRT?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am at the menopausal age and am looking for a safe alternative to HRT (hormone replacement therapy). I suffer from hot flashes, and my hair is drab and lifeless these days. What can I do? A: Your symptoms are classified in traditional Chinese medicine as Yin deficiency. This is a…

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Insomnia related to menopause?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What would help insomnia related to menopause? A: menopause is seen in traditional Chinese medicine to impact the root energy source of the woman, and as a result, estrogen levels drop, and progesterone levels tend to rise. This imbalance is called the waning of the yin energy and ascendance of yang…

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What to do for mood swings with pre-menopause?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How can I help my mood swings that I am associating with pre-menopause? A: As your body nears menopause, your hormones begin to shift, causing imbalances, which manifest as emotional ebbs and mood shifts. One of the best ways to harmonize the emotions and help cope with the other symptoms of…

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Products for periomenopause?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’m in my early forties, and I am going through the weight gain and hormone changes that come with periomenopause. Additionally, constipation is a problem. I’ve ordered several of your products today; can I take them all at once? Are there any contraindications? What products would be best for me? A:…

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